Kate McKinnon Biography

Kate McKinnon is a popular comedienne, impressionist, mimicry artist, actress and voice-over artist. Let’s take a look at her childhood, family, personal life, achievements etc.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 6, 1984

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses Comedians

Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Kathryn McKinnon Berthold

Born in: Sea Cliff, New York, United States

Famous as: Comedian

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females


father: Michael Thomas Berthold

mother: Laura Campbell

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Columbia University

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Kate McKinnon (Kathryn McKinnon Berthold) is a popular comedienne, impressionist, mimicry artist, actress and voice-over artist. She is best known for her comedy shows, ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Big Gay Sketch Show’. Kate is also famous for mimicking well-known celebrities, such as Justin Bieber and Hillary Clinton. She became a prominent actress after playing the character of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 supernatural comedy flick ‘Ghostbusters: Answer the Call’. She has also acted in other comedy movies like‘Ted2’ and ‘Sisters’. Kate has lent her voice to the characters of animated films like ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘The Angry Birds Movie’. She is the brand ambassador of Ford Focus, the automobile segment of Ford Motor Company. Kate has received many awards for her skills and wit. She was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Award on five occasions under categories, Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy Series and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Kate has always been bold and clear about her sexual orientation. She is a proud lesbian and has worked towards the welfare of LGBT and various other communities.

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Early Life & Education
  • Kate was born Kathryn McKinnon Berthold on January 6, 1984 in Sea Cliff, New York. Her father, Michael Thomas Berthold, was an architect and her mother, Laura Campbell, was a parent educator.
  • Kate attended North Shore High School and graduated in the year 2002. She was always interested in performing arts and playing musical instruments. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in Theatre Arts from Columbia University.
  • She learned to play different musical instruments like cello, piano and guitar. During her university days, she became part of a theatre group called ‘Prangstgrup’. Her association with the theater group made her to realize that comedy is her forte. Since then she has been focusing on this genre. She later came up with her own theatre group called ‘Tea Party’.
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  • Kate started her career as a comedienne in 2007. She first acted in a play that was performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, New York. Her television breakthrough came a few months later when she starred in the comedy show ‘The Big Gay Sketch Show’, performing various roles.
  • Kate was part of the show for three seasons. The show dealt with sensitive issues pertaining to homosexuality but with a hint of sarcasm and comedy. Kate was able to relate to the show and that helped her to portray her characters well. Meanwhile, she also continued performing in comedy stage plays and sketches for theatres.
  • In 2008, Kate appeared in the television show ‘Mayne Street’ in which she played the role of Olga Svenson in an episode titled ‘Parking Tickets’. In 2010, she appeared in many television shows like ‘We Have to Stop Now’, ‘Concierge: The Series’ and ‘Vag Magazine’. The same year, she made her debut as a voice-over artist when she lent her voice to a character in the fantasy animated film ‘Robotomy’. Kate then went on to make her film debut as an actress with the short film ‘Mr. Ross’.
  • From 2010 to 2011, Kate performed as a voice-over artist, lending her voice to characters Nikki and Margaret Fictel in the animated series ‘The Venture Bros’. She also acted in two other short films. Kate showed off her mimicking skills in the comedy show ‘The Black Room’ when she mimicked the famous Scottish singer, Susan Boyle.
  • In 2012, Kate won millions of hearts with her super hit comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’. The show not only elevated Kate’s status as a comedienne but also acknowledged her as a bold personality.
  • She openly discussed her sexuality on the show and was accepted for what she is. During the 41st season, she shared the screen with the 2016 Presidential Election candidate, Hillary Clinton. Hillary appeared in an episode in which Kate mimicked her. Kate also displayed her admiration towards Hillary and even said that she would want Hillary as the next President.
  • Kate is the first homosexual female artist to have been associated with the show for so many years and is still going strong.
  • In 2013, she lent her voice to the character PEZ Cat in the television special, ‘Toy Story of Terror!’ For the next couple of years, Kate voice acted in many animated films like ‘The Angry Birds Movie’, ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘Leap!’
  • Kate managed to garner accolades as a voice-over artist in TV shows too. She lent her voice to the lead character Miss Fiona Felicity Frizzle, a teacher from a magic school in the children's fantasy series, ‘The Magic School Bus Rides Again’.
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  • Kate then played one of the most popular characters in the comedy fantasy film ‘Ghostbusters: Answer the Call’.
  • Kate also lent her voice for a brief period of time in the 24th season of the long-running show, ‘The Simpsons’. From 2015 to 2016, Kate served as a voice-over artist for the animated series, ‘Nature Cat’.
  • Kate grasped the opportunity to host the 31st Independent Spirit Awards along with Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani stand-up comedian.
  • Kate’s future projects include a comedy film titled ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ which is slated for release in 2018. In the film, she will be seen playing the lead role of Morgan, alongside Mila Kunis. Her subsequent release, ‘Irreplaceable You’, is expected to show her in a different light. For the first time she will be appearing in a serious drama, which will be released in 2018 on Netflix.
Awards & Achievements
  • NewNowNext Awards (2009)–This was the first award won by Kate. She won the award under the category, Brink of Fame: Comic.
  • American Comedy Award (2014) – This was the first award that Kate won for her show ‘Saturday Night Live’. She won the award under the category, Best Supporting Actress on TV in a Comic Role.
  • Primetime Emmy Award (2016 & 2017) –Kate has bagged a lot of accolades and awards for her super hit show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and this is probably the most prestigious award of them all. For two consecutive years, she bagged the award under the category, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Personal Life
  • Kate has always been open about her relationships and sexuality. She has not only spoken about them but has also advocated self-acceptance.
  • She became a role model for many Hollywood stars who had kept their sexual preferences in the dark. Kate inspired many who were struggling with their respective identities.
  • It is rumored that Kate is in a relationship with the Broadway actress Marla Mindelle as they both have been spotted together on many occasions. However, they have not confirmed their relationship yet.

1. Bombshell (2019)

  (Biography, Drama)

2. Ted 2 (2015)


3. Irreplaceable You (2017)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

4. Life Partners (2014)

  (Comedy, Romance)

5. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

  (Comedy, Action)

6. Sisters (2015)


7. Masterminds (2016)

  (Crime, Comedy, Action)

8. Office Christmas Party (2016)



Primetime Emmy Awards
2017 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2016 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)

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